Dr. Kathleen Hess has been teaching at Brown since 2006. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). After a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Irvine and a brief career in the Chemical Industry, she began her teaching career at Cypress College. She taught organic, allied health, liberal arts and general chemistry.
As a lecturer in the department, she is primarily responsible for teaching and managing the undergraduate organic laboratories. Dr. Hess has incorporated many aspects of a research laboratory in the undergraduate laboratories. Students are currently using Library resources such as Reaxys to obtain primary literature sources that relate to their experiments. Analysis of experimental data is obtained with modern instruments. All experiments are inquiry based to incorporate the true nature of scientific research.